We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded by BPI France through their top innovation contest i-Nov! This news marks another major milestone for Pops and will help us to go further in the development of our 3D lenticular technology and make it accessible to all. In this article we tell you more about this contest and how it is a game changer for Pops.
What is this competition about?
iNov is the most prestigious call for projects and supporting devices in terms of innovation launched under the PIA (Plan d’investissement d’Avenir) and managed by BPI France. It is aimed at start-ups and SMEs with innovative projects. It was created to promote and accelerate the innovation potential of these companies and to support their field which can have an international or even global impact.
→ The project must fall under at least one of the following 10 themes.
→ Government assistance: 75% advance grant, 25% recoverable advance.
Grants apply to projects in research, development and innovation with total costs between 600K and 5M and for a period of 12 to 26 months.
For example, last year, the Switch project by Axionable won the i-nov grant to develop its AI for predicting future climate impacts with reliability and very high resolution. We can also mention, in the digital deep tech category, the HumanRoads project by MillionRoads, which aims to develop innovative digital solutions to help pupils and students to decide on their career paths by using Big Data and artificial intelligence technologies.
What does it mean for Pops’ future?
This contest allows us to :
→ put forward our API and lenticular printing techniques as well as our patents obtained in Europe and in the USA.
→ help us to improve and perfect our technology and make it accessible to everyone (photo brands, designers, artists…)
→ defend our Pops Cycle, a prototype patented by the Pops technology, allowing free access and automation of 3D printing everywhere you want.
As you can see, this competition is an excellent springboard for start-ups and SMEs to hatch their ideas.
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